What happens to cheaters in H1Z1?
We ban accounts for cheating based on a combination of factors including but not limited to; cheat detection tools, video evidence, player reports, as well as direct observation. We do not base our decisions on a single report or piece of evidence and always work hard to get things right.
Consequences for violation of our fairplay guidelines may include but are not limited to:
- Account suspension and/or permanent banishment from the game.
- Removal of all match statistics and leaderboard placement.
- Removal of match rewards; including Credits, Skulls and Rewards.
- Ineligibility to participate in events, tournaments and contests.
It is vital that you not run software which modifies the H1Z1 client in any way. If you do this, you are indistinguishable from various cheats that work in the same manner. The result of this is that you will be banned from gameplay.
We cannot make exceptions to this. We do understand there are relatively harmless apps that fall in this category, but if we allowed those they would simply be used as a shield excuse by players trying to cheat. This same rule applies to data that H1Z1 uses for gameplay. Do not modify any of these files or attempt to modify them in memory.
There are some applications that modify the windows or DirectX environment without changing the client. These may also result in suspensions unless we specifically exempt them and declare them ok to use.
The most simple guidance here is, do not use third party programs which change the H1Z1 gameplay, or change the H1Z1 files, in any way unless it has been specifically cleared by Daybreak Games.
The above does not apply to user initiated *.INI changes, those are allowed, although setting your own options incorrectly can result in problems.
You can help by reporting cheaters you observe by:
Sending an email to email@example.com with the name and server name of the cheater, a date/time of the incident will help out as well. A link to a video of specific incidents can be helpful, but please do not send video attachments. We don't usually respond to those emails, but if we need more clarification we will ask.